Blushing Nails Are The Low-Maintenance Yet Elegant Nail Trend I'm Wearing All Season

As a beauty editor who has her fingertips on the pulse of the latest nail trends, I have a confession to make: I find my own nail upkeep tricky. Whenever I sit down in the chair with a nail technician, I can see their eyes widen at my ragged cuticles and thin nails that are crying out for cuticle oil after picking off my gel nails (I know it's wrong, but I almost do it subconsciously). The saying goes "Nails are jewels, not tools," but you can best believe I'm ripping open my post with my nails and generally ignoring most of my nail tech's advice when it comes to growing long, strong nails. Whoops. I also don't have the patience for painting my nails at home. I'm impatient and inevitably end up smudging 20 minutes' worth of work and ultimately having to start from scratch again.

Despite that, I have dreams of my nails looking healthy and strong. And while I don't have the time nor funds to commit to regular nail appointments or sit down to paint my nails at home to then only smudge them, I've found a quick and easy way to make my nails look their healthiest as I (try) to grow them long. The answer? Blush nails.


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Dior's Nail Glow polish is like blusher for your nails, lending a healthy sheer pink glow.

I had been seeing Dior's covetable Nail Glow doing the rounds on my feed and loved the sheer yet bright wash of pink that it gives to the nail bed. It's almost like a cream blusher for your nails, helping to impart a healthy flush to the nail beds. The blush nail trend (or blushing nails we're coining it at Who What Wear) has kept cropping up on my IG, so I took it as a sign to give it a go myself.


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The blush nail trend imparts a healthy flush of colour to the nail plate.

I picked up a bottle of Nails Inc Glowing Out Nail Illuminator (£9)—a bit of a dupe for Dior's Nail Glow—and I've never looked back. It's now my go-to when I want my nails to look neat without having to spend ages applying polish. The sheer pink tint gives my nails a healthy flush in one coat and dried down so quickly that I don't need to worry about smudging them. It's also sheer enough that when it does eventually chip it's not as noticeable as an opaque polish—which is great if you're low-maintenance like me. That being said, you can level up the brightness of the polish with a couple of coats, which gives you a vibrant yet sheer hint of colour.


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Beauty Editor Eleanor Vousden wearing Nails Inc Glowing Out Nail Illuminator.

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Eleanor Vousden
Beauty Editor, Who What Wear UK

Eleanor Vousden is the beauty editor for Who What Wear UK. She was previously deputy editor at Hairdressers Journal, health writer at Woman & Home and junior beauty editor at beauty website Powder. She has also contributed to Wallpaper and Elle Collections with written and styling work.Working as a beauty journalist since 2015 after graduating in fashion journalism at the London College of Fashion, she has been highly commended at the BSME Talent Awards for her work on Powder and also contributed to the title winning Website of the Year at the PPA Awards.Eleanor’s journalistic focus is to provide readers with honest and helpful beauty content. Through words, video and live broadcast, she has interviewed several celebrity makeup artists, hairstylists and top dermatologists throughout her career, as well as celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Scarlett Johansson. She has a particular interest in finding solutions for acne and eczema, which she has experienced firsthand. She has also amassed a large collection of fragrances and can never say no to a new candle.When she’s not writing or testing the latest beauty product or treatments, she’s on the seafront in her hometown of Brighton and Hove, where she lives with her partner and her miniature dachshund.